Why consumers and not patients? That’s the question I opened with in my presentation on Consumer-Centred Care and Consumer Leadership to the 3rd Asia Pacific Patients Congress this week. The consumer versus patient question is one we at the Consumers Health Forum have heard over the years, although...
The global COVID-19 pandemic took place in the context of another crisis – the upheaval of the news media landscape, writes Kerry McCallum, on behalf of the News and Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra. Technological, cultural and policy shifts mean big changes to the way ‘news’ as...
Lynda Condon, consumer advocate The CHF community was deeply saddened to hear of the passing recently of Lynda Condon. Lynda was a passionate consumer advocate, and the co-facilitator of the CHF Safety and Quality Special Interest Group. She was always kind and equally fierce in her determination...
The Consumers Health Forum has welcomed the Federal Government’s additional support for community-based care for COVID cases but urges Australians to take care as Australia transitions to ‘living with COVID’ arrangements. “The easing of lockdowns and opening of borders mean that even with an...
If anything positive has come out of COVID-19 it is increased trust and respect in the community for science and the vital importance of access to and appropriate use of good data. With the speed of the introduction of digital innovations, including in health, there has been a noticeable and...
The latest exposé of the controversial practices of one of Australia’s most widely known cosmetic “surgeons” highlights the need for urgent reforms to ensure patient safety is effectively protected, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The 4 Corners program last night detailed a litany of unresolved...
Young leaders have released a Call to Action to promote a much stronger role for young Australians in the design of health services to meet the “missing middle” needs of teenagers and young adults in health policy. The Call to Action seeks innovations including the creation of a youth healthcare...
Calls by two leading health industry organisations for a summit to discuss private health insurance reform raise a development of significant interest to health consumers. The Consumers Health Forum has been calling for a Productivity Commission inquiry into the issue of government assistance for...
LOGO for RACGP CHF and Mental Health
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Consumer Health Forum of Australia (CHF) and Mental Health Australia are urging the government to implement a national social prescribing scheme to tackle Australia’s mental health and wellbeing crisis in the 2021 Mid-Year Economic and...
It’s Health Literacy Month and Australia’s experience with COVID-19 has shown us just how important health literacy --- knowledge and community awareness about our health care --- has been to counter the pandemic, whether by public health measures, masks or vaccination. The Consumers Health Forum...

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